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Daisy Shah summoned to record statement in Tanushree-Nana Sexual Harassment case

The Mumbai Police has summoned actor Daisy Shah to record her statement in connection with Tanushree Dutta’s harassment allegations against Nana Patekar.

Dutta has alleged that Patekar misbehaved with her on the sets of Horn Ok Pleasss in 2008 while shooting for a special dance number for the movie, and filed an FIR against the veteran actor.

The notice, which was sent by the Oshiwira police station, mentioned that while a song from the film was being shot, Shah happened to be there.

She was working as assistant choreographer under Ganesh Acharya.

In an interview given to News18 about the issue, Daisy Shah had said: “I was just an assistant choreographer who knew nothing about what all was happening. I have nothing to say about it.

My job over there was only to teach steps. I wasn’t the part of the internal conversation of what was happening and not happening. I was just like a random person who was shooting on that film.”

She further added that: “I wasn’t only concentrating on one artist; there were 30 other dancers on set.

I wasn’t even in the position where I could even speak or I had to even notice anything because I was so busy with my own work.

My all sympathies are with Tanushree but I swear I know nothing about it.”

However, Patekar has refuted the allegations against him.

Patekar’s lawyer Aniket Nikam, told ANI, “All allegations against him (Nana Patekar) are false and far from the truth”.

Tanushree’s allegations had caused a nationwide uproar, kick-starting the #MeToo movement in India.

Post this, several biggies were called out by various women for sexually harassing them.

AIB founders Tanmay Bhatt, Gursimran Khamba, director Sajid Khan, actor Alok Nath, director Vikas Bahl were some of the high profile names whose names were taken.

Politician MJ Akbar has also been accused by several women of sexual misconduct.

Further updates on this development to follow.

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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